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FLOR www.hedtagefl.com IDA JEWISH NEWS Year 38, No. 23 Febma 14, 2014 14 Adar I, 5774 64 Pages 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A CIn..ifipd ................................ R Odando, FIo Single Copy 75 Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Short track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov of the Israel Olympic team carries his country's flag during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Debate on Sochi Olympics-- sports, politics and security By Alina Dain Sharon JNS.org With the Winter Olympics underway in Sochi, Russia, the Jewish debate on the games mirrors the discourse taking place in the broader international and athletic communities. While some Jews say they view the games purely as sport--with social or political issues not factoring into their evaluation--not all can ignore Russia's controversial "gay propaganda" legisla- tion, political detentions, allegations  of Olympic corruption, and the recent ter- rorist threats against the games. "I personally don't plan to attend or follow the games and actively encourage boycotting/not attending the games," Anya Levitov, managing partner at Ev- ans Property Services in Moscow, told JNS.org. Levitov, who is Jewish, said the various sensitive issues in Russia "make these games anything but an event to follow." At the forefront of international criti- cism leveled at the Russian government in the months leading up to the Sochi games is the country's recent legislation against "gay propaganda." Masha Gessen, a Russian-American journalist and activist who is both Jewish and openly gay, told ABC News that the propaganda law, which was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin last June, bans the distribution of information that could harm children's Sochi on page 14A No lost sleep over boycott threat By Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA)--Of the 200,000 wine bottles Yakov Burg produced last year, 16,000 went to Europe. The possibility of a boy- cott and repeated rumblings that Europe is planning to label goods produced in the settlements could decrease that number, but Burg isn't worried. The CEO of Psagot Winery, which is located in a settle- ment of the same name in the hills of the central West Bank, Burg prides himself on running a Jewish-owned business in the West Bank, even welcoming groups of Christian Zionistswhowantto volunteer during the harvest. The winery's location, though, also makes it a prime target for boycotts aimed at goods produced in the settle- ments. "There are a lot of places that won't buy the wine, so of course there's damage," Burg told JTA. "It doesn't scare me. We need to fight the boycott, not just do what they want." The effort to boycotts goods produced in the West Bank, long an objective of anti-Israel activists and some Jewish crit- ics of the Israeli occupation, has achieved some notable victories in recent weeks. Last month, PGGM, the largest Dutch pension fund, announced it was divesting courtesy Psagot Winery Yakov Burg, CEO of Psagot Winery. from five Israeli banks be- cause of their involvement in financing Israeli settlements. That was followed by an an- nouncement that Denmark's Danske Bank was blacklisting Israel's Bank Hapoalim over its settlement activity. Swe- den's Nordea Bank has asked two other Israeli banks for more information about their activities in the settlements. In the United States, settle- ment goods were in the news recently afte atress Scarlett Johansson came under fire for representing SodaStream, an Israeli company that produces home soda machines at a fac- tory in the West Bank. And in Europe, the United Boycott on page 15A JCC preschool :.. Jewish Holocaust Survivors event in Philadelphia in 1985. She remembers survivorafter survivor standing up and an- nouncing, "My name is..., and this is where I'm from." Sufian, whose grandpar- ents had come to this country shortly after World War I, says her parents "placed a primacy on my understanding the world they came from," including understanding the devastation of the Jewish people under the Nazi regime. "I had a close relationship with Holocaust survivors in the community I grew up in," said Sufian, 37, who lived in Houston, studied Yiddish in high school and college, and as a student at Columbia Uni- versity in New York conducted interviews with survivors for the Shoah Foundation. Sufian's career has since focused on the elderly, both in the Jewish communal and government sectors. Named in late January as the first spe- cial envoy for U.S. Holocaust survivor services, she will be combining her background Department of Health and Human Services Aviva Sufian, the first spe- cial envoy for U.S. Holocaust survivor services. in the field of aging with her knowledge of Holocaust survivors. "In many ways, I feel like stepping into this role is coming home to an issue very near and dear to my heart," Sufian said in an interview with JNS.org. In her new role, Sufian will continue to work in the Ad- ministration for Community Living (ACL) at the Depart- ment of Health and Human Services (HHS), where since 2012 she has been director of regional operations helping to maximize the independence, well-being, and health of older adults, people with disabili- ties, and their families and caregivers. Her envoy role, the White House announced, will be as an advocate for survivors currently living in poverty, as well as those who may not be receiving services for which they are currently eligible. About 120,000 Holocaust survivors live in the United States, with some 25 percent living in poverty, compared with 9 percent of the general elderly population, according to the White House. Sufian's appointment is part of a White House initia- tive that Vice President Joe Biden had announced in December to help survivors. The initiative also includes Envoy on page 14A New families to the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center in Maitland now have an extra incentive to enroll in the area's top-rated preschool program--S1,000 off enrollment. "We know that early child- hood education is a major investment for a young family," said Carol McNally, the early childhood direc- tor. "Hopefully this will make the investment a little easier to work into the household budget." Tuition at the JCC includes care for infants through pre- kindergarten from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. five days per week by the JCC's highly trained staff. A part-time program is also of- fered, forwhich there is a $500 new family discount. The school implements a play- based curriculum that em- phasizes social-emotional development in an environ- ment based in Jewish values. Beginning with the 2014- 2015 school year, tuition also includes membership to the JCC, which grants parents access to the full array of complimentary membership benefits, including the fitness center, group exercise classes, and use of the playgrounds, tennis courts, swimming pool, gymnasium, and out- door basketball court. "We're very interested in bringing more value to the table for our neighbor fami- lies," McNally said. The JCC's early childhood program has won numerous awards over the years, and is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. As a NAC accred- ited center, the JCC has been recognized as an early care and education program that exemplifies excellence in the care of young children. For more information about the JCC's early child- hood programs or to take advantage of the $1,000 dis- count, contact Carol McNally at 407-621-4065 or at Car- olM@orlandojcc.org. Learn more about the JCC at www. orlandojcc.org. '4 m Aviva Sufianwasjust 8years old when her mother took her to an American Gathering of By Debra Rubin JNS.org Holocaust survivors in poverty Special U.S. envoy is an advocate for offers $1,000 off